Their obsession with war, for instance. But that's another post for another day.
Matt Yglesias talks about another big one, the extreme resistance to public works.
I think it’s pretty uncontroversial to say that picking up trash, cleaning streets, fixing potholes, etc. are the kind of things government should be doing. It’s also clear that if you compare the United States to other countries, it’s possible for a country to have cleaner, better-maintained streets than we have. Doing better on this score wouldn’t be brain surgery and would provide low-skill jobs. And, yes, it would cost money. But the United States of America is the wealthiest society the world has ever known. It’s a bit ridiculous that we can’t repair damaged sidewalks in a timely manner. Or, rather, given that we clearly can repair damaged sidewalks, it’s ridiculous that we don’t.Yes, it is ridiculous.
But when you have "Not My Tax Dollar" thinking, it's totally predictable. Here's a typical winger response (which I really hope is a parody):
Brad Says:What the fuck?
July 10th, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Awesome! What we need are more unionized over-paid no-skill government workers that are parasitic of the productive citizenry for 20 years, and then retire with a fat pension also paid for by productive citizens! Hear hear!
You get the union hatred, a reflex in some quarters that would rather deny the exploitative tendencies of big industry. (And why is the anti-union sentiment never directed at sports unions, who pay their members millions and produce nothing but "Great Sports Moments?")
Then you've got the no-skill jibe, even though no-skill jobs aren't exactly optional. Someone's got to clean those toilets and take out that trash, right? Are people who do unskilled but necessary jobs supposed to be paid shit wages?
Then you have the whole productive citizen parasite bullshit. Dude! I know about parasitic unproductive citizens. (Ask me how I feel about my Dad's wife.) And the guy paid by the city to fix a sidewalk is most definitely not a parasite. What makes him a parasite? Because he's getting paid by the city?